Funing I

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Sister of the ship Foochow III

Funing I
ID /IMO No. 5124227.
Type Cargo
Gross Registered Tonnage 3,464 grt. 1,898 nett.
Builder Wm.Gray & Co., West Hartlepool. Yard No. 1244.
Delivery date Nov.21st. 1950.
Hull steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2.
Length 33.5 ft. F'c'sle 30 ft. Bridge 97 ft. Poop 33ft.
Width 47 ft.
Depth 25.5 ft.
Engine Builder Central Marine Engine Works, Hartlepool.
Engine Type Steam, triple expansion.
Engine cylinders 3.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 12 kts.
Deadweight 3,841 tons.
Power Steam.
Boiler 2, circulating (scotch) with superheaters.
Boiler pressure 215 psi.
Fuel Oil.
Propeller Right hand.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid
Propeller material Bronze.
Launched July 31st. 1950.
Original owner China navigation Co.


The "Funing I" and the final ship "Fengning" were slightly larger than the previous three "F" class vessels being better fitted out.

January 28th. 1960. During a voyage from Borneo to Japan she suffered an engine failure and was towed to Hong Kong by the Taikoo salvage tug "Tai Koo". position 20.45 N, 127.40 E.

July 28th. 1961. Damaged the wharf at Samarai, when berthing during a strong tide, the Master, Gordon Ellis Bennett, reprimanded for not engaging a pilot.

Oct 1964. Sold to Ocean Tramping Co., London. Renamed "Starford".

1972 Transferred/Sold to the Peoples Republic of China.

November 1991. No longer listed, and deleted from register.


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